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IT DIDN'T START WITH YOU (Book 1/52 review).⁣⁣⁣⁣
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My therapist recommended this book as part of my ongoing EMDR work. (My first two 2019 books are trauma books, and then we'll get back to some fun fiction and non-fiction.)⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The good: ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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I found the exercises in the book helpful in terms of placing words and phrases to what I'm working through. There's never a time when that's bad! ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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And the author's explanations of how to frame those into a toolset that helps you better understand your problems were also good.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The bad:⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The writing about the science was dubious. It felt Gladwell-ian. (He's notoriously slippery when it comes to explaining hard and social science to a general population.)⁣⁣⁣⁣
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I spoke with some research scientists who said the author's explanations of the hard science behind is work was...not exactly as advertised.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Overall:⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The book was okay, but not great. I was a technology journalist (Wired, MIT's Technology Review) so I'm reluctant to recommend books that get the science wrong. But if you toss that aside, the written exercises offer some guidance for people working to understand and put into words traumas they are working through.⁣⁣⁣
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10 Comments

  • 4d ago kate_jewett kate_jewett

    Thanks for the review. I bought this one, having a vested interest in the topic--good to know I should take the science bit with a whole shaker of salt. :/ Hope there's some more solid science on this out there too. :)

  • 4d ago thebradking thebradking

    @kate_jewett THE BODY KEEPS SCORE is next on my list. Therapy science folks tell me this is a good one.

  • 4d ago kate_jewett kate_jewett

    @thebradking ooh sweet. Looking forward to the review on that!

  • 4d ago heathr heathr

    @thebradking that is a great book

  • 4d ago anovelhomedotcom anovelhomedotcom

    I'm torned cause I love books with exercises, but like shakey science is eh lol

  • 4d ago thebradking thebradking

    @anovelhomedotcom THE BODY KEEPS SCORE is next to and I'm told that's a better book.

  • 4d ago anovelhomedotcom anovelhomedotcom

    @thebradking I heard good things about that one

  • 4d ago ejztx ejztx

    @thebradking It’s... better. Not great. LOL. The therapy research is fine. The brain science is shaky. Dunno why most MDs who write for a general audience can’t get the science right!

  • 3d ago elizabethbdiary elizabethbdiary

    Thank you! I’m going to keep following both for the “hard work” books and the subway reading. I rip through a lot of books and always need more 📚

  • 3d ago thebradking thebradking

    @elizabethbdiary I'm doing a month of Elizabeth Wuertzel once I finish the next book. I LOVE her so I'm reading all of her work in order!

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